Floyd Van Ryder

Floyd Van Ryder

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  • The Thing
  • Girl, Interrupted
  • La La Land

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  • The Party

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  • Little Women

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  • Good Night Oppy

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  • Good Night Oppy

    Good Night Oppy

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    Blues for a Red Planet.

    With the rover missions on Mars we've entered a new age of exploration. I think it's incredible to witness the exploration of another world and we're right there at the beginning of it with little to no clue of what is going on out there. We've established our presence on Mars since the 70s with Viking I & II (weird they weren't mentioned) and we have been able to wander over the martian landscape with our…

  • Cosmos: A Personal Voyage

    Cosmos: A Personal Voyage

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    Carl Sagan covered many subjects through scientific history, biology, astronomy, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence... He was a marvel at explaining his science with a broad mind, a deep articulated voice, and a compassionate heart. To me, he proved to be one of the most sensible, creative and logical human being that ever lived, and we're lucky, not only to have developed life on our planet, but to have had him sharing his insights and vulgarized research about the Cosmos…

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  • The Party

    The Party

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    La Boum or "The Party" is a french teen romcom and generational cult classic - having grown up in France this film was always referred to me as a huge cult classic. It was made by the same filmmakers who made L'Γ‰tudiante (The Student) 8 years later also starring Sophie Marceau and also directed by Claude Pinoteau, that I reviewed a few weeks back. It's obvious to me that The Student resonated more with me, especially through the characters, than…

  • Little Women

    Little Women

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    Little Women is my favorite coming-of-age and one of the greatest story ever written. This 1933 version is the first to adapt Louisa May Alcott's classic novel in a feature length film for the big screen - only 65 years after the original publishing - and is a direct and truthful adaptation to the book. Katharine Hepburn's interpretation of Jo March clearly inspired Winona Ryder in 1994 and Saoirse Ronan in 2019. Katharine is excellent, breathtaking, and monopolized the movie…

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  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

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    Picks up right after the 2nd film's plotline, and I think I share pretty much the same sentiment about it. I think maybe it almost got tedious during the first half - perhaps the film's a little bit too long - but the second half got infinitely more engaging with the trial and all of its rewarding payoffs. Noomi Rapace kills it... uh.. I mean kicks it.

  • The Girl Who Played with Fire

    The Girl Who Played with Fire

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    As expected, not as strong as the first one but it kept me invested as it revolves more around Lisbeth, and also that I was already attached to the characters. Feels very TV movie again, the few action scenes aside, I guess it doesn't constitute much of a problem if you get well into the plot. I'm excited to see how the story is gonna wrap with the last film!